Just wanted to share I love that you can see how any little amount helps, so be happy with whatever you do or did. I struggled a lot at first with wanting to BF DD2 as long as I did DD1. I almost stopped BF but now we're back to 100% BF and I'm thrilled with that (though I would have been equally as happy FF if that was working well for DD too). Maybe if I'd seen this earlier, I could have focused on what I already did, as opposed to struggling with what I might not do.
Reasons To Be Proud
For baby - helps to stabilise baby?s blood sugars and protect baby?s gut.
For mother - a great opportunity for the first skin-to-skin cuddle.
For baby - the antibodies in mother?s colostrum provide natural immunity from infection.
For mother - helps womb to contract to normal size.
For baby - sticky black meconium is cleared more readily from baby?s bowel.
For mother - instant relief for hot, swollen breasts when milk comes in.
For baby - transition to world outside womb is eased.
For mother - frequent feeds mean time to sit or lie down and for you to get to know each other.
For baby - food & drink always ready at the right temperature, adapting to the baby?s needs.
For mother - hormones help you to get back to sleep after night feeds.
For premature babies - lower risk factors for heart disease in later life.
For mother - saves time sterilising and making up bottles.
For baby - half the risk of chest infections now and up to 7 years old.
For mother: Breastfeeding likely to be easier and you can go out and about without bottle feeding equipment.
For baby - lower risk of food allergy at 3 years old if breastfed only.
For mother - reduced risk of ovarian cancer in later life.
For baby - five times less likely to get diarrhoea now and a reduced risk for the whole year.
For mother - fewer visits to gp as baby is less often ill.
For baby - Half the risk of ear infections. Less risk of asthma now and protection continues for up to 6 years.
For mother - feeling of empowerment at having been solely responsible for growing your baby for 4 months.
For baby - five times lower risk of urinary tract infections.
For mother - a lovely way to reconnect with the baby if you go to work.
For baby - lower risk of eczema now and up to three years old.
For mother - less risk of osteoporosis in the long term.
For baby - three times less risk of becoming obese by age six and a lower risk of heart disease as an adult.
For mother - no need to by formula milk at all saving at least ?450 this year.
For baby - likely to have higher average scores in intelligence tests.
For mother - expect fewer visits to orthodontist when baby is a teenager. Risk of breast cancer reduced by 8%.